SHINDLE - Luke Todd's two-goal, one-assist effort led the Mifflin County Christian Academy boys soccer team to its third win of the season, defeating Meadowbrook Christian 4-1 Thursday.
"It was 50 times better than when we played them the first time," Mifflin County Christian coach Craig Todd said. "The first time we played them was a preseason game and it was hot and we weren't quite yet in shape. So we really, really picked up our game since the first time."
Mifflin County dominated in shots on goal for the contest by a 25-9 margin, while the Eagles held the advantage on corner opportunities, 6-3. The statistics are as telling as the score against the top team in the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association, which lost for only the third time this year.
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Mifflin County Christian Academy’s Kyle Ort, right, takes the ball from Meadowbrook Christian’s Jose River Thursday evening in Shindle.
Luke Todd got the scoring started for the Eagles with 7:41 left in the first, putting his team up 1-0.
Four minutes later, Todd doubled the lead as he blasted one past the Lions' goalkeeper, making it 2-0 with 3:31 left in the quarter.
Meadowbrook Christian bounced back in the second quarter when both offenses went back and forth, up and down the field. The Lions and Eagles tied in shots on goal at five apiece,.
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Despite the teams being even in shots on goal in the quarter, the Eagles made the best of one of their shots thanks to a goal by Kyle Ort off a pass from Todd with 5:40 showing until the intermission. Mifflin County Christian took that 3-0 lead into the second half and never looked back.
"The guys seemed to have a little more desire and little more hustle than they did last time," Todd said. "Things are clicking and we have a lot of new players that are learning the game and the touches and things like that but overall I was pleased with today's game."
The Mifflin County Christian goalie, Brad Smith, was all over the box collecting, scooping and putting his body in the line of fire to protect the Eagles' lead.
In the third, Mifflin County Christian found its way to its fourth and final goal of the game, all before Meadowbrook Christian was able to dent the twine.
After a barrage of four shots at the Lions' goal, one of the Meadowbrook Christian defenders committed a hand ball foul in the box, and on the ensuing penalty kick, Caleb Breneman launched a shot to the corner of the goal with 16:34 left in the contest.
The Lions picked up one late in the game off the foot of Trey Baughman in the waning minutes of the contest.
With the win, Mifflin County Christian picks up its third victory. The Eagles travel to face Northumberland Christian, another ACAA opponent, Tuesday.